Sunday, October 3, 2010

Safe Asset Giveaway

edited to add: comments on this post are now closed...thanks for entering!!

What a weekend! It all started off early Friday evening with a gorgeous, sunny, traffic-free drive over the bridge and into town with my lovely friend Marcy. We were en route to this LQS (where I used to work & teach) for a quick look around before heading out to the University of British Columbia golf club for a bite to eat. You see, we had a very important date with quilting royalty at 7:30..........who could it be, you ask?

Well, how about none other than Lord Kaffe himself? And his adorable and equally talented design studio manager, knitwear and fabric designer Brandon Mably? They were in Vancouver kicking off a 6 week lecture/workshop tour which will take them throughout Canada and the U.S. en route to Houston for fall market.

Please excuse my OHMYGODI'MSTANDINGBESIDEBRANDONMABLYANDI'MSOEXCITED!
expression below.

me & Brandon

Brandon is wearing a super funky shirt made from his Dapple line with accents of Kaffe's aboriginal dots. He introduced Kaffe (announcing 'His Highness' when calling him to the microphone), by first establishing the correct pronunciation of Kaffe's name. It rhymes with 'safe asset', NOT a French coffee shop. I think it was good to get this out of the way, because just standing in the line of 150 women waiting to get into the hall, I heard about 5 different pronunciations! Did you know Kaffe changed his name in his teens? Brandon advised that we not ask why, or what his original name was, because he wouldn't tell us anyway.

Kaffe spoke for about an hour, I think. I sort of lost track of time! The slides were photos of many of the projects and rooms in his books as well as some shots of inspirational patterns or landscapes seen in nature, architecture, or piles of old tires; Kaffe and Brandon travel the world for much of the year and find inspiration in myriad places. There were several shots of new quilts and sets from the new book Quilts en Provence. Much of the discussion was the concept of simple shapes and how he uses them in design repeats...you can get a sense of the lecture from this brief video .

He talked about Big Sur ("California has very little colour, the light is just too harsh"), his brief few months in art school ("when they brought out that spinning cardboard wheel with secondary, tertiary and all that, I just thought, this is NOT where colour comes from, so I left"), and finding his place in the beautifully aged and weathered country homes and gardens of Britain. If I took anything away from Kaffe's presentation, it is that he utterly unapologetic about his choices, style, design aesthetic and process. The man has opinions and he's not afraid to share! He even admitted using the term Red Necks during a lecture in Paducah, Kentucky (it was the first time he was boo'd....he claims he left town quickly).

me & Kaffe

Like so many of you I'm sure, I collect Kaffe Fasset fabric because it is gorgeous. It has depth, feeling, romance, history and charm not to mention glorious colour. Kaffe says that's because he paints it, in full scale, for his production company. Do you suffer the same problem I do? That you just can't cut it up?

If so, I've got a treat for you & your stash. In celebration of meeting Kaffe on my one year blogiversary, I've got this gorgeous fat quarter pack of 5 of Kaffe's delectable fall prints to give away to one lucky reader. This great pack was bought at a quilt show yesterday from one of my favourite local vendors.

Kaffe autumn
For my pals in the U.S., did you know Canadian FQ's have 40 sq.inches more than a U.S. FQ? That's because our fabric is cut off the bolt in metres, not yards, so our FQ's are 20" x 22"!!

Leave a comment on this post for one entry, and if you feel like sticking around to see who else I met this weekend, then become a follower for a second entry (leave another comment letting me know you are a Poppyprint follower). I'll keep comments open until Thursday, October 7th at 9 p.m. PST at which time the random number generator will pick a winner.

Good luck!!

103 comments:

Rafael's Mum said...

WOW!!! So excited for you! I would have that same expression! Thanks for the giveaway, gorgeous fabrics!!

Rafael's Mum said...

I am a follower allready.

Marian said...

I know I would have that same expression! Sometimes it's hard to believe that these people are real ;-)

Thanks for the giveaway, and the link to the quilt shop. Another to add to my list when I'm out west.

Marian said...

I'm a follower too.

Rachel said...

You are so LUCKY! And WOW! what amazing fabric. Oh, please pick meeeeee!

Rachel said...

Of course I'm a follower!

Julie said...

His fabric is all so beautiful!

Ariane said...

OMG!! You are so lucky!! Sounds like you had an amazing weekend. His fabric is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Ariane said...

I am so, one of your wonderful followers!!! Love your blog!!!

Regina said...

How exciting! I just bought one of his books the other day. Thank you for clearing up how his name is pronounced. I assumed it was more like calf.

Regina said...

I'm already a follower. I love your blog!

Amy said...

Well didn't you have an exciting day!! Do you know that I don't have any of his fabrics at all? I would love to start my collection :)

carol said...

Holy moley.....no wonder you had that expression. I would have too!

Amy said...

You know I follow!

Delores said...

Lucky you - meeting royalty! I have some of his fabric waiting for me to decide what it should be. Wouldn't mind adding more.....

Love to win
ps congrats on one year!

Delores said...

Of course I am a follower!

Brenda said...

lucky you. I think I should make some clothes out of Safe Asset fabric. Please, please, please pick me! do you know if they're coming to Winnipeg?

Brenda said...

and I've been a follower for a while. I love following the blogs of other Canadian quilters.

sharon said...

Oh that must of been such a treat to meet Kaffe! Such an incredible designer, love his fabric!Thank you so much for the oppurtunity to win some of his gorgeous material, I am a follower.
Sharonj.

Quiltingdaisy said...

OMG! I'm obsessed with Kaffe Fasset Fabrics!!!

Quiltingdaisy said...

I love following you and dropping by your blog every week.

Lesly said...

Glorious colour, indeed! I'd love to get those in the mail!

Lesly said...

Following via Google Reader!

felicity said...

Oooh, lucky you! Brandon, Kaffe and some lovelies from Carola's.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I'm here hoping I'll be "using up my luck" some more.

felicity said...

....and of course I am a follower!

Krista said...

Oh yeah, you do look excited! I just found out the pronunciation recently of Kaffe Fassett too, but never felt confident in it either, so I'm glad you clarified that. I have a small stash of his fabrics, but would love more!

Krista said...

And I'm a follower, of course :)

Lisa Marie said...

What gorgeous fabric you are giving away. I love Kaffe's prints as well.

Skeena Designs said...

Awesome - and I am a follower of course - you were so lucky to go hear Kaffe Fassett.

Michele Pacey said...

so jealous!

Michele Pacey said...

i follow!

angelina said...

love the prints!

angelina said...

i'm a follower!

paulette said...

Wow!! What a weekend you had!!! Wonder who else you met??
Paulette

Becky said...

I didn't realize that the FQ was a different size in Canada. What a wonderful experience for you!

Becky said...

I am a follower of your blog:)

Heidi said...

I have a stash of his fabric that I've been thinking about using. These FQ's would be a perfect compliment!

soggibottom said...

wow !
Great eh !

Janet said...

You are so lucky. And thanks for letting us know the correct name pronounciation! I'd love to win these gorgeous fat quarters.

Janet said...

And I've been a follower for some time.

Helen said...

Brandon looks like a hoot! I'm his friend on FB! LOL!! Wow, what an experience for you! He is coming to Australia early next year but not to my corner of the woods, he would definitely hate the light up here!!!

maree said...

The expression is priceless:) And thanks for clearing up how to say Kaffes name correctly - will pop that into the memory bank so I'll be prepared should I ever be lucky enough to meet him! Ciao

maree said...

Oh - and of course I'm a Poppyprint follower - "Poppy" is my adopted 'wish this had been my name" so how could I not be!!!!!! Ciao

Donna said...

Happy one year blogiversary! Quite a wonderful milestone! Keep up the great work.

The Kaffe fabric is wonderful. You were indeed lucky to meet him. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Happy quilting!

Dianne said...

Great photos Krista and a delightful post. Of course I am a faithful follower of Poppyprint! How exciting to be entered in a giveaway. What's next for me...a swap?? Yikes!! Wait... can you participate in a swap if you are a lowly blog lurker and not an actual blogger? HaHa!

Donna said...

I am a now a follower. I found your blog through Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations. Glad I did. Happy blogiversary!

quiltmom said...

Krista,
I am so excited because I am going to see Kaffe Fassett on Tuesday evening. A local yarn store brought Kaffe, along with Brandon to speak. I totally love his fabric and have been collecting it awhile now. It should be a fun evening- I am going to take my book in the hopes that he will sign it for me.
Happy bloganniversary and thanks for sharing your fat quarters with someone- they are going to be really lucky too.
I am also a follower as well as adding your name to my bloglist.
Can you see me grinning in anticipation??
Warmest regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

HI Krista,
I am in Edmonton and I am glad to be a follower-
Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway.
Regards,
Anna

Marge said...

You are very lucky to have met both fine artists. I have been a Kaffe fan for about 2 years now and would love to add to my collection. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.
Marge

Marge said...

I am a poppyprint follower! Love your blog and such a generous giveaway.
Thanks, Marge

Sonja said...

Sweet momma that is awesome!! Kicking myself for not going...

beth said...

love the his fabric and designs. I'm follower already. Looks like you had a great weekend.

Jodi said...

I did realize that FQ fact! Thanks for cluing those of us who were clueless in!

Jodi said...

I Love being a follower!

sy said...

the fabrics look gorgeous. thanks for the giveaway.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

i'm a follower.

Ethne said...

As you know I'm a follower - and oh I love the fabric selection - I'm using 2 FQ's of the Kaffe Fasset fabrics on my own personal FQ challenge projects - I've used the second from the top on the floral table runner inspired by your mug rug design - hoping to get a chance to work a bit more on that runner next week ;-)

lil said...

you can never have enough of his georgeous fabrics, at least me
I met him 3 times already, I even took one of his classes, should I consider myself lucky?

lil said...

follower too

Mary K said...

How can I not leave a comment. Your blog is great and so is your talent.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous fabrics - I'd like to join for a chance at the giveaway please! I'm already a follower of your lovely blog. Fat quarters in the UK are the same size as in Australia too, though they can vary from supplier to supplier.

Lauren H said...

Happy one year blogiversary! I just recently started my Kaffe collection, and so far, that's just what it is -- a collection! Would love to add to it as I look for the perfect pattern for these gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity.

Lauren H said...

I'm a follower, too!

badlandsquilts said...

Oh my, I am sooooo envious of you! I would just die and go to heaven! After collecting fabric for several years, I JUST learned the pronuciation in the last year! Glad you had such a wonderful weekend!

badlandsquilts said...

And yes I follow you!

Flo said...

I am now a regular visitor to your blog, it is so great to have some Canadian content! Love all your work; you have inpired me to get back to some of those projects that are still piles of fabric and pictures in my head !

mcregan said...

Hello--I met Kaffe many years ago in Washington, DC. What a creative inspiration he continues to be! Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower too!

Ethne said...

Sent you a mail with the photo of my in progress table runner using the KF fabric

Vickie said...

WOW! What a great giveaway! That fabric is wonderful! It's sounds like you had a fantastic time at the Quilt Show! Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!

Vickie said...

I am now a follower! Thanks for a chance to win!

Andrea C said...

Sounds like you had a FANTASTIC weekend! And what a fantastic giveaway.

Andrea C said...

And I'm a follower...thanks for the many great ideas.

VickyB said...

Wow! What a wonderful give away. I am collecting his fabrics, but the project has not been started. Paulette was the person who inspired me to start a Blog [down for upgrading]. Have just become a follower.

VickyB said...

Thanks,for letting me enter your super give away. Happy one year blogiversary!

meli B said...

Kaffe is doing a tour in Australia in February and I am very excited to be able to join in one of his classes. You've just made me even more excited!
I have been a follower for a while now. Thanks for offering the fat quarters - Aussie ones are also bigger. Happy blogiversary to you.

Barb said...

Krista, what a treat to meet Kaffe Fasset! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize. I have trouble cutting up his fabric too.

trudys_person said...

Thanks for the giveaway Krista! And congratulations on the blogiversary and meeting royalty! What a great quilty weekend!

trudys_person said...

And I follow you on Google Reader (and Flickr) - thanks! These FQs would fit in nicely with my little stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics ... :)

Michelle said...

well way up in the NORTH we don't often meet fabric royalty ... someday my prince will come...

AJ said...

How fun! Love your excited face!

AJ said...

I'm a follower!

Gene Black said...

Oh WOW. I wondered HOW to pronounce Kaffe. I had Fassett correct!
I would love to win.

Gene Black said...

I am already a follower.

I love Kaffe and Brandon's fabrics. (yes I am a quilter!)

Wendy said...

I'm back for my second chance! Didn't realise that being a Follower was a second chance, I thought it was new followers only!

Rachel said...

I am a new follower and think you make some really beautiful quilts! Cool that you got to meet such a talented designer!

Jennifer said...

You are a lucky duck! I would love to win this..

Karen said...

Wow! How fun to meet such an awesome designer! You look so cute in the photos! Congratulations on your blogversary and thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

Tiffany said...

Krista - you lucky duck! I love the expression on your face, it's terrific. Sure looks like you had a good time meeting Kaffe & Brandon.

The fabrics are beautiful & thanks for the chance at the giveaway. I love to follow you on your adventures!

sahill said...

Love reading your blog!!!! Love the pictures too, they just say it all. Thank you for helping me with 'you know what'. Hope to bump into you this weekend.

9patchnurse said...

Oh you lucky duck, you got to meet Kaffe and Brandon! Love their fabrics!!

9patchnurse said...

I have been following your blog for a while and I love it!

SoozeM said...

Oooh how exciting!! And those fabrics are just stunning, don't know how you can part with them!

SoozeM said...

I am a follower :)

floribunda... aka Julie said...

How can I pass up a chance on that lovely fabric!

Needled Mom said...

Wow! What a thrill for you and it sounds like it was interesting too.

Needled Mom said...

I am a follower too.

Terri said...

Oh, hope I am not too late, I am a follower too!

Jamie said...

What a fantastic event, Krista! Sounds like it was an amazing experience.

Jamie said...

I am a happy follower!

Arita said...

I made it to the event too and it was great.

Arita said...

I've come in and looked many times but never officially signed up. I have now, so I am an official follower.

Debbie said...

Hi, Love the fabrics!Hope I'm not to late to enter the giveaway.

Debbie said...

Hi again, I am now a follower to.